The Lean Management System: an Engine for Continuous Improvement

Presented By:

Drew Locher

Session Abstract:

The objective of Lean is to create a culture of Continuous Improvement (CI). But how can such a culture be created? Only through deliberate practice can all team members in time develop the requisite skills and mindset. The Lean Management System (LMS) consists of activities and processes that engage associates in CI. This session will review what constitutes a comprehensive LMS. Attendees will have an opportunity to identify ‘gaps’ in their current management system.

Learning Objectives:

“In this session you will learn…”

  • What constitutes a comprehensive Lean Management System.
  • The intent of the various activities and processes that make up an LMS, including but not limited to: ANDON, Gemba Walks, Daily Management, and Policy Deployment.
  • To identify ‘gaps’ in your current management system that can be addressed upon returning to your organization.

About the Facilitator:

For over 25 years Drew Locher has been helping organizations in a wide variety of industries to apply Enterprise Excellence and Organizational Development concepts in order to improve performance. He is a four-time author and two-time Shingo Prize recipient for Research. Drew has been a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) since 2001. He currently delivers the University of Michigan ISD Lean Leadership program, as well as its Kata certificate program. Drew is also a certified Job Instruction (JI) instructor.